We all want a great life.
While each of us may have a different idea of what a great life would look like, there are basic keys to creating the life you’re looking for.
Here are the keys to a really great life:
1. Breathe well.
I bet you’re surprised by this one, but it is first for a good reason. The breath is your connection to life, and if it is constricted in any way, so is your life. You need deep, full breaths to be fully connected to your self and your life. It keeps your body and cells oxygenated, and helps to remove physical, mental, and emotional toxins from your being. Breathing is a severely under-recognized source of life-giving, healing, and purifying energy. When you stop breathing, you stop living. So, literally, either breathe deep, or go home.
2. Choose your words consciously.
Your words have power. As author Betty Eadie wrote, “If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative.” Sound is the creative power of the Universe, and you need to be aware of how you are thinking and speaking about your life and your experiences. Your choice of words will have an impact–either for good or for bad–on your life situation.
3. Live with compassion, for self and for others.
You, like everyone else, are doing your best–even when it may not look like it. There is always a reason why people do what they do. It is not our place to judge. Part of being human is to “miss the mark,” to fall short, which is the Aramaic meaning of the word “sin.” We WILL make mistakes. So, the question becomes, what do we do when that happens? Do we respond with criticism and judgment, or do we offer acceptance and forgiveness? When we respond to others, as well as our self, with compassion and encouragement, we open the space to become all that we can be.
4. Laugh often.
Life propels us forward in a pulsating rhythm of contraction and expansion. There are times to be focused and serious, and likewise, there are times to be playful and have fun. Many of us lost our balance in this interplay of tension and relaxation when we moved into adulthood. Children laugh about 400 times a day, adults only about 15 times–or less. Yet a laugh-out-loud belly laugh is like a release value, easing pressure and stress. Laughter connects us with our authentic Self, our soul, raising our vibrational frequency, and bringing us an expanded experience of life.
5. Be you.
From birth onward, we experience family, social, and cultural conditioning that affect the way we see our self, our roles, and the choices we make. It is easy to get caught in expectations and ‘shoulds.’ It is more difficult to remember our uniqueness. We each bring a piece to life’s table that no one else can. To experience your greatest life you must be the person you were divinely created to be. You must clear away the debris that blocks your ability to connect with the authentic core of who you are. It is there that you find your passions, your gifts, and your purpose.
6. Own the fact that you are more than a physical body.
Yes, you have a body. Who you are is a soul. You are a multi-faceted being with layer upon layer of energy consciousness. It is easy to identify with the physical world–what we can see and feel–but there is so much more beyond the realm of our senses. Quantum physics has expanded our knowledge to take us far beyond Newtonian ideas of who we are and how the world operates. Our task is to fully accept that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and to recognize that we are capable of so much more than we have been taught. It is time to start living that truth.
7. Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life.
It is easy to get caught up in the blame game. You may think if you had different parents, less painful experiences, more money, better looks… your life would be so much better. Life brings difficulties, some of them really painful. That is the nature of life. While we have no control over what happens to us, we do have control over our response. The word “responsibility” may feel formidable and not a lot of fun, but it is simply the ability to respond. If you accept the illusion that you are a victim of your circumstances, you stay stuck. If you can connect with your inner power source, you can move through hardship and claim a better life. You get to choose.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance….Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ~John Lennon